British Paralympic team skates on ammonia-chilled ice

By Charlotte McLaughlin, Mar 01, 2018, 12:56 2 minute reading

Great Britain’s (Team GB) wheelchair curling team skates on an ice rink installed by Star Refrigeration.

Wheelchair curling team captain Aileen Nielson with the Star Refrigeration team.

Though the 2018 Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea (from Mar 8, 2018 – Mar 18, 2018) will be played on HFC ice rinks next week, athletes in the U.K. have been training on natural refrigerant ice rinks for some time.

Great Britain’s (Team GB) wheelchair curling team, as well as its Olympic curling team, have been practising on the UK’s first National Curling Academy (NCA) in Stirling, Scotland since Summer 2017 when it opened. In addition to other ice rinks in Scotland. 

To cool the ice rink Star Refrigeration, who are responsible for 80% of the UK’s ice rinks, curling rinks, indoor ski slopes and ice walls, installed an air-cooled Azanechiller 2.0 package that uses the natural refrigerant ammonia in-directly with a refrigerant charge of just 0.18kg/kW.

I would like to thank Star Refrigeration for their continued support, and all the ice rinks we have used over the years."
– Aileen Nielson, Wheelchair GB curling team captain

Wheelchair curling team captain and Sochi Paralympics 2014 bronze medallist Aileen Nielson has given good feedback so far. “For me, the quality of ice at the ice rinks I practise at is crucial to enable me to become the best curler I can be. If you have consistent ice then you are able to more accurately analyse your technique and delivery and if the ice is consistent it is one less variable to take into account”, Nielson said. 

The Paralympic team will travel to the Winter Paralympics today to compete in the games.

“Having followed Aileen’s achievements over the years and after meeting her when she visited Star’s headoffice, I know she’s a very determined woman and I’m sure she’ll lead us to victory so I wish her the best of luck – we’re all rooting for the GB curling teams!”, Alan Walkinshaw of Star Refrigeration who oversaw the project at the NCA said.

“I would like to thank Star Refrigeration for their continued support, and all the ice rinks we have used over the years. We appreciate all of the hard work by dedicated staff who are involved in producing top quality ice in order for us to be the best we can be”, Nielson added.

By Charlotte McLaughlin

Mar 01, 2018, 12:56

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